Creating an award-winning submission: Top Tips

College Awards 2022, delivered by CDN, is now open for entries, and to support you and your professional learning, we have provided top tips for creating an award-winning submission – including insights from Dr John Laird, HMI, Education Scotland, and two informative Virtual Bridge Sessions where you can hear directly from the judges themselves.

Dr John Laird, HMI, Education Scotland shares in the short video below the many benefits of the CDN College Awards, alongside highlighting key tips for submitting your College Awards Entry.

John’s top tips include:

  • Duration of the project should be at least one year long
  • Provide clear evidence of impact
  • Be clear on the projects unique selling point
  • Provide evidence of measure of success

We would encourage you to get involved in the CDN College Awards as it’s good for the sector, for the students and to ensure your staff get the recognition that they deserve

Virtual Bridge Sessions

These half hour sessions are designed to provide development and support to those who are writing College Awards 2022 submissions. The sessions will be informal and friendly.

The first session, on Friday 29 April, will provide key advice for writing a great submission. A small panel of judges will each speak about what they look for in a submission, both in general and specific to their category specialism; what makes a submission stand out? Participants will then have an opportunity to ask questions.

The second session, on Tuesday 7 June, will see our small panel of judges provide a reminder of key points from workshop 1. It will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss a check list for final polishing of a submission.

Book your place at the Virtual Bridge Sessions here

Also provided are CDN’s handy top tips for creating an award winning submission:

  1. Follow the criteria
  2. Tell a great story
  3. Stick to the word count
  4. Evidence your success and next steps
  5. Submit by the deadline – Friday 1 July!


Wishing you the best of luck for writing your award-winning submission!


Find out more about College Awards 2022 here



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